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Audrey Strauss

Audrey Strauss State's Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Former Top Deputy, now United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss succeeds previous U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, following his resignation on June 20, 2020. Attorney General William Barr has appointed Atty Strauss as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York as she has been Mr. Berman’s second-in-command since April of 2019, with the expectation that she will pursue litigations of keen interest to the Trump Administration.


Educational Background

Audrey Strauss earned her undergraduate degree of Bachelor in Arts from Barnard College, graduating cum laude. A Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, U.S. Attorney Strauss received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School.


Legal Career

Her long career in the legal field began with Audrey Strauss’s service as a Law Clerk under the Honorable Lawrence Pierce of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She continued working for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney. In this capacity, she was able to prosecute and work on more than 20 cases before being promoted to being Chief of Appeals in the Criminal Division, then being Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She worked for the Southern District of New York from 1976 to 1983, and joined Washington as a staff lawyer, working on a wide range of federal crimes, including the investigation of the Reagan-era Iran Contra affair, which resulted in her being commended for being raised in the tradition of the district’s independence. Moreover, she is known for winning a case against prosecutor Roy Con and successfully convicting two mafia members.

Later on, Audrey Strauss began performing private practice as she became Litigation Partner at the Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander. In 1990, she joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and shifted the focus of her legal career to prosecuting federal criminal litigations with emphasis on white-collar crimes. Serving in the field for approximately 22 years, until 2012, Attorney Strauss is regarded to be a titan in white-collar prosecutions.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office once again, Audrey Strauss served as a General Counsel and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at the Alcoa World Alumina LLC. In 2014, she handled a case in defense of Alcoa involving a Bahrain-Bribery Probe and closing the case with a $384 million settlement.


Honors and Awards

A woman of formidable background and competitive expertise in law, Attorney Audrey Strauss has received numerous awards from organizations, including the Federal Bar Council, and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. She has also been highly regarded for her service and has been recognized in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.



With her substantive knowledge in federal prosecutions, Audrey Strauss has been called to be a guest lecturer and adjunct professor in several universities, including the Harvard Law School, the Fordham University School of Law, and the Brooklyn Law School. She was also a former member of the Board of Directors of The Innocence Project, which prosecutes pro bono cases.


Office Jurisdiction

Waiting for the nomination of the Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton to be approved, Audrey Strauss was appointed to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She oversees a staff of over 200 employees and is currently working on several politically sensitive cases involving Trump’s orbit, which she has been actively working on from when she was still a deputy to Mr. Berman. Furthermore, the office is in charge of federal crimes involving public corruption, firearms, financial fraud, and narcotics. Audrey Strauss also manages civil cases involving the United States and recovers debts owed to the United States.


Contact Details

Full Name: Audrey Strauss
District/State: Southern District of New York

New York City Branch Office

Main & Criminal Division

 (212) 637-2200

Civil Division

 (212) 637-2800

White Plains Branch Office

 (914) 993-1900

Victim & Witness Services

 (866) 874-8900

Civil Rights Complaints

 (212) 637-0840

Reporting a Crime

 (212) 637-0850

 Press Inquiries

 (212) 637-2600

Delivery Service

Criminal Division

United States Attorney’s Office
1 St. Andrew’s Plaza
New York City, NY 10007

Civil Division

United States Attorney’s Office
86 Chambers Street / 3rd Floor
New York City, NY 10007

White Plains Division

United States Attorney’s Office
300 Quarropas Street
White Plains, NY 10601-4150


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Updated: June 27, 2020


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